Throughout the span of WWI to the 1960s, Ursula is unaware of dying multiple deaths and being reborn time and again. She does, however, have a "sixth sense" -- a sense of déjà vu appears whenever the most stressful or horrific episodes in her life are to occur. Because of this "sixth sense," Ursula is able to change her own history and make her future futures (?) a little bit more content and livable. The writing is just beautiful and the author's attention to detail makes for very realistic and vivid characters.
This is a difficult book to review. It is extremely well written but can be quite confusing. The author undertook a very difficult task in keeping the story flowing. I enjoyed it and would definitely recommend it.
Really fascinating book-takes a few chapters to figure it out, but hang in there. Ursula Todd is an interesting girl/woman-I enjoyed it a lot. One of those books you make time to read. There were times I went back to previously read chapters to figure some things out, but I soon got 'it'. The only parts I had trouble accepting were the -SLIGHT SPOILER HERE- sections with Hitler. Otherwise an amazing book.
This book started slowly for me. In fact, I found the book's central theme (revealed in the first few pages) tedious at first. I always give a book at least 50 pages before I throw in the towel. With this book, it took me over 100 pages before I was hooked, then I couldn't put it down. It is as much an homage to the brave people who survived the London Blitz and the Second World War as it is a portrait of a young woman and an English family in the first half of the twentieth century.
While the book is engaging is some passages, and concept certainly has a lot of possibilities, the story's progress is too slow. So, despite the book being too long, it never goes anywhere.